Noonan says Moody's upgrade of Irish bonds likely

Saturday 13 April 2013 22.01
Michael Noonan said he had met the head of Moody's in recent days
Michael Noonan said he had met the head of Moody's in recent days

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has raised the possibility of Ireland's bonds being upgraded by rating agency Moody's following yesterday's deal to extend the maturities on EU bailout funds.

Moody's is the only agency to currently rank Irish bonds at junk status.

Mr Noonan and CEO of the National Treasury Management Agency John Corrigan have met senior management of Moody's in recent days.

The meeting was part of an ongoing campaign to convince the agency to upgrade Irish bonds.

Mr Noonan said Ireland had had a number of "credit enhancing events" since January, which were followed by yesterday's deal.

He said he would not attempt to predict the disposition of rating agencies.

But he added he was sure Moody's would move to reflect latest developments in its rating on Ireland as other agencies have done previously.

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